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Comment: Re:Bad for small business owners (Score 1) 375

by Anne Thwacks (#48624383) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites
If SSL was an inconvenience to the TLA's, this would not be happening.

The boy-who-cried-wolf is the problem here. That story is at least 10,000 years old, and Google still have not got the message.

Perhaps Cartoon Network is not encrypted, so they have not watched it?

Comment: Re:503 (Score 1) 375

by Anne Thwacks (#48624321) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites
Why do we need security to view academic articles, adverts or mindless blather? Most people have no need of locking their rubbish bin (and most of what is on the internet is definitley rubbish - I have looked :-) There really are people who use the internet for other things than shopping!

There is every reason to have security for some things, but none for others.

Why force it on people? The result of this will be huge numbers of badly configured systems, and either over confidence or total loss of confidence in SSL.

Comment: Re:Does the job still get done? (Score 1) 645

by Anne Thwacks (#48616525) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
Replacing economists with tossing dice would be a significant improvement: academic research shows the more qualified an economist, the less accurate his predictions!

I leave it to the reader to suggest what to do with politicians (I expect nuking from high orbit to be the most popular suggestion)

Comment: Re:Does the job still get done? (Score 5, Insightful) 645

by Anne Thwacks (#48616491) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
Leaving aside the fact that economists are a hopeless case, at least here in the UK, we have massive problems with our jobs market - huge numbers of people are working insanely long hours for peanuts, while others are working shorter hours for peanuts, and a minute number of people are decently paid, and a few make millions.

On top of this is the widely reported problem of "shortage of skilled workers" caused by a combination of agism and lack of willingness to pay them to do the job, not an actual shortage of skilled workers.

For example, today's news is that we are importing medical staff from Portugal, because the local people cannot survive on the wages, and the Portuguese cannot imagine how high living costs are here (especially housing and travel).

The jobs market is in need of some serious fixing.

Comment: Re:Dark Emitting Diode (Score 1) 100

by Anne Thwacks (#48613113) Attached to: The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax
I am not too sure about that: I had a colleague who worked for a firm that used to manufacture tunnel monodes - a kind of single terminal tunnel diode. The tunnel diode is noted for having negative resistance. the resistance of a tunnel monode is the square root of -1!

They were extremely useful for one particular application, and indeed the best available solution in 1963, but the 60's intervened, and I don't actually remember what the application was (LSD was legal then) - I vaguely recall I was working on a time machine when I first heard about tunnel monodes. That was shortly before the project to show the Ike and Tina Turner show in your own home.

Comment: 1N000 (Score 4, Funny) 100

by Anne Thwacks (#48608179) Attached to: The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax
I used to have a whole box of 1N000 smoke-emitting-diodes.

They are easily recognised by the colour code "three black bands on a black background".

They are normally used to supply the "magic smoke" required by electronic systems to operate at full power, but I believe there are other uses.

I had a data sheet for a Motorola WOM as well - I believe from about the same date.

Comment: No kidding (Score 1) 593

by Sycraft-fu (#48603877) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

One of the reasons I live where I do is because I'm close to work, about 4 miles away. Lets me bike in. That way I don't have to deal with the expense and clusterfuck that is parking on a big campus. 4 miles is a very easy, short, ride so it is no problem. You don't need to change or anything, you don't work up a sweat.

Comment: Because Apple has no fucks to give about Windows (Score 2) 160

by Sycraft-fu (#48590571) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

You discover Apple software sucks way less on OS-X. The fanboys will tell you this is evidence of how much better OS-X is, of course, but the real reason is Apple doesn't do a good job on their ports. They really half-ass their Windows ports so they end up not being good software. It is possibly something to try and make OS-X look better but more likely simply laziness and a lack of good Windows developers.

Comment: Windows doesn't stop it (Score 5, Insightful) 160

by Sycraft-fu (#48590561) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

There's a big difference between not going out of your way to support something and going out of your way to prevent it. Windows doesn't have a native POSIX interface (it used to have a basic one) but you can add one if you like. It can be done higher level via something like Cygwin, or it can be done directly in the executive just like the Win32/64 APIs. There is nothing stopping you from adding it, they don't care.

Same deal with DirectX and OpenGL. A Windows GPU driver has to provide DirectX support. It is just part of the WDDM driver. Windows provides no OpenGL acceleration, and no software emulation. However you can provide your own OpenGL driver if you wish, and Intel, nVidia, and AMD all elect to do so. Windows does nothing to stop this and they work great (if the company writes a good driver). Indeed you could develop your own graphic API and implement that, if you wished.

There's a big difference between saying "We aren't going to do any work to support your stuff," and saying "We are going to work to make sure your stuff can't be supported."

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.

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